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  1. Aroldis Chapman carted off field after taking liner to head, diagnosed with facial fractures

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:12 PM EDT

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    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of Royals catcher Salvador Perez on Wednesday night in a Cactus League game and needed to be carted off the field. Medical personnel ran immediately out to the mound when Chapman went down and the hard-throwing left-hander’s father soon…

  2. Cardinals shopping shortstop Pete Kozma

    Mar 19, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Cardinals are shopping shortstop Pete Kozma, who is currently on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot with the defending National League champions. Rubin says the Mets probably aren’t interested because Kozma is “not really” an upgrade over projected starting shortstop Ruben Tejada.…

  3. Yordano Ventura expected to pitch 180-200 innings this year

    Mar 19, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Yordano Ventura was officially named the Royals’ fifth starter on Monday and on Wednesday manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that the young right-hander will not be on a strict innings limit in his first full major league season. Yost said Ventura can go 180-200 innings. The 22-year-old tossed a total…

  4. Mat Latos throws two innings against minor leaguers in first live game since knee surgery

    Mar 19, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Positive development Wednesday in Reds camp. According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, starter Mat Latos tossed two scoreless innings against minor league hitters in his first live appearance since undergoing surgery on February 14 to repair a tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Latos threw 31 pitches — 19 strikes…

  5. Doug Fister cleared to return from sore elbow this Saturday

    Mar 19, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Via Mark Zuckmeran of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider: VIERA, Fla. — Three weeks removed from his first (and only) appearance in a Grapefruit League this spring, Doug Fister is ready to face big-league hitters again. Fister, out since March 2 with elbow inflammation, is scheduled start Saturday against the Marlins, Nationals manager Matt Williams said.…

  6. Padres ink Hector Ambriz to minor league contract

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the Padres have signed right-hander Hector Ambriz to a minor league contract. He is already ticketed for Triple-A El Paso — the Padres’ new Pacific Coast League affiliate — and will operate there as organizational relief depth. Ambriz posted a rough 5.71 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 36 1/3 innings…

  7. Indians sign former top prospect Adam Miller to minors deal

    Mar 18, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Nick Camino of Cleveland’s WTAM 1110, the Indians have signed former top prospect Adam Miller to a minor league contract. Miller, a right-handed pitcher with experience as a starter and reliever, was selected 31st overall by the Tribe in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft and was rated as the Indians’ top…

  8. Hey, look, it’s Clayton Kershaw and a kangaroo …

    Mar 18, 2014, 9:34 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers are fitting in some sightseeing this week in Australia before their season-opening series (March 22-23) against the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground. From the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed comes the following photograph of staff ace Clayton Kershaw — who will start the first game of that two-game set — posing Tuesday with his…

  9. Matt Harvey expresses frustration about how the Mets are handling his Tommy John rehab

    Mar 18, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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    It’s impossible to summarize all the elements of this story from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, so you might as well just go read it. The gist is that Matt Harvey wants to do his year-long rehab from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery at home in Manhattan and the Mets would rather…

  10. Chase Headley to make Cactus League debut Thursday

    Mar 18, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Padres third baseman Chase Headley will get at-bats in a minor league game on Wednesday and will then make his debut in the 2014 Cactus League on Thursday. Headley suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right calf in late February and has been taking it easy in Padres…

  11. Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen appears to be over his early-spring right shoulder soreness

    Mar 18, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

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    Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen was shut down at the beginning of March because of soreness in his throwing shoulder, but the 32-year-old right-hander is pretty much back on track now. According to MLB.com’s Adam Berry, Janssen tossed a round of live batting practice on Tuesday in Blue Jays camp and reported no issues with…

  12. Taijuan Walker throws 40-pitch ‘pen session, feels “great”

    Mar 16, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Greg Johns has the status update … Good news from Taijuan Walker today as the youngster threw a 40-pitch bullpen session and said he felt great. Walker is likely a couple weeks still from throwing in a game and a few more from being Major League ready, in the best-case scenario, but the fact he’s…

  13. Jon Niese pulled from start with hyperextended elbow

    Mar 16, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Another day, another injured MLB pitcher. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets starter Jon Niese was pulled from Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals with what’s being called a hyperextended left elbow. Niese suffered the injury 10 days ago in an intrasquad game and it began causing him discomfort in the…

  14. Josh Hamilton to make Cactus League debut Monday

    Mar 16, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Monday afternoon and told reporters that a season-opening disabled list stint is “not even on the table.” Hamilton suffered a calf strain in late February and has been easing his way back into baseball activities. He said he…

  15. Cole Hamels nearly ready to face live hitters

    Mar 16, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has yet to make an appearance in a Grapefruit League game because of shoulder tendinitis that he developed over the winter, but he told reporters last week that his arm is starting to feel “really good” again and he is expected to take a big step forward within the next few…

  16. Patrick Corbin diagnosed with “damage” to left UCL

    Mar 16, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Brutal news Sunday out of Diamondbacks camp. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, staff ace Patrick Corbin has been diagnosed with “damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.” Corbin is going to seek a second opinion, but a damaged UCL almost always leads to Tommy John surgery, which would cost the…

  17. Rays shave their heads for a good cause

    Mar 16, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT

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    From Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune comes the following photo of Rays manager Joe Maddon getting a close shave Sunday in camp. Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist, James Loney, and Jake McGee were among the other participants in “Fortune Favors The Bald,” a charity event for pediatric cancer. Ava finishes the job on #rays Maddon…

  18. Jesse Crain at least two weeks from mound work

    Mar 16, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Jesse Crain sat out the second half of the 2013 season because of a shoulder strain and then underwent biceps surgery this winter. He was hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but that’s not going to happen. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Crain — who signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Astros…

  19. Juan Carlos Oviedo reports to Rays camp

    Mar 16, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

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    Beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo — formerly known as Leo Nunez — finally reported to Rays camp this weekend. Oviedo was held up by work visa issues in the Dominican Republic — his native country. “I’m happy to be here. I was waiting for it,…

  20. Mets pitching coach dropped ethnic slur in clubhouse

    Mar 12, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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    You’ll want to read the entire story from Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal, but here’s an excerpt: In the New York Mets locker room Monday morning, I was talking with Jeff Cutler, a 30-year old Japanese American from suburban Boston who serves as the interpreter for Japanese-born pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. We were talking…

  21. Marco Scutaro still dealing with back discomfort

    Mar 12, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was able to take batting practice on the field Wednesday in camp, but it was his first time doing so this spring and he remains questionable for the beginning of the 2014 regular season because of back problems that have become a chronic source of discomfort. Scutaro told Andrew Baggarly…

  22. Zack Greinke throws two innings versus Diamondbacks in return to Cactus League action

    Mar 12, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke was on a Cactus League mound Wednesday in Glendale, Arizona for the first time since straining his left calf in late February and the return went smoothly enough. Greinke allowed three earned runs on six hits in just two innings against a Diamondbacks split-squad, but his calf survived the outing and…

  23. Ryne Sandberg sounds frustrated with Jimmy Rollins

    Mar 12, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Freddy Galvis started at shortstop over Jimmy Rollins in Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida and Galvis will be getting the start again in Thursday’s home game versus the Yankees. Rollins is considered to be fully healthy and the Phillies typically play all of their projected starters in…

  24. Jorge De La Rosa named Rockies’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 12, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

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    As speculated last week by Troy Renck of the Denver Post and then confirmed Wednesday, left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will start for the Rockies on Opening Day, March 31, against the Marlins. It’s the beginning of a four-game series at Marlins Park. Jhoulys Chacin would have been given the honor, but he suffered a…

  25. Jhoulys Chacin is “almost certain” to open the 2014 regular season on the 15-day disabled list

    Mar 11, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT

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    Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin suffered a right shoulder strain near the end of February and hasn’t progressed as quickly as hoped. So, as MLB.com’s Thomas Harding writes on Tuesday, it’s “almost a certainty” that the right-hander will begin the 2014 regular season with a 15-day disabled list stint. Chacin played catch at 90 feet on…

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